June 14, 2019

Safely store, transport, and display your firearms

information & education

You’ve passed your CFSC/CRFSC test, you’ve purchased your desired firearms, now it’s time to store, transport, and display them! In this blog post, we will be reviewing and re-articulating what the RCMP and Canadian Firearms Program, CFP, have put into place in regards to storing, transporting, and displaying your restricted, prohibited, and non-restricted firearms.

We’ve taken their handy brochure and made the information readily available online for you! Please note that these rules apply to individuals and that there are different rules for businesses. 

Storing Firearms Safely

Unload and lock your firearms! Store the ammunition separately or lock it up. Ammunition can be stored in the same locked container as the firearms. 

Non-Restricted Firearms

  • Attach a secure locking device, such as a trigger or cable lock (or remove the bolt), so the firearms cannot be fired.
  • Additionally, you can lock the firearm in a cabinet, container or room that is difficult to break into or that you only have the code or key for.

Restricted and Prohibited Firearms 

  • Attach a secure locking device so the firearms cannot be fired and lock them in a cabinet, container, or room that is difficult to break into. 
  • You can also lock the firearms in a vault, safe, or room that was built or modified specifically to store firearms safely. 

  • For automatic firearms, also remove the bolts or bolt carriers (if removable) and lock them in a separate room that is difficult to break into. 

Transporting Firearms Safely

Non-Restricted Firearms

  • Non-restricted firearms must be unloaded during transportation 

Restricted and Prohibited Firearms

  • Unload the firearms
  • Attach secure locking devices to the firearms
  • Lock the firearms in a sturdy, non-transparent container
  • Remove the bolts or bolt carriers from any automatic firearms, if removable. 
  • Obtain an Authorization to Transport (ATT) 

Leaving any class of firearms in an unattended vehicle:

  • Lock non-restricted firearms and locked containers carrying restricted or prohibited firearms in
    the trunk or similar lockable compartment.
  • If the vehicle does not have a truck or lockable component, put the firearms and firearm containers out of sight inside the vehicle and lock the vehicle. 
  • If you are in the remote wilderness area and cannot lock your non-restricted firearms inside your vehicle, unload and put them out of sight. Attach a secure locking device to the firearms unless they are needed for predator control. 

 

 

Displaying Firearms Safely

Unload and lock your firearms! Here are the rules for displaying firearms in your home: Ammunition cannot be displayed with, or accessible to, the firearms. 

Non-Restricted Firearms

  • Attach secure locking devices to the firearms
  • Lock the firearms in a cabinet, container, or room that is difficult to break into.

Restricted and Prohibited Firearms

  • Attach secure locking devices to the firearms 
  • Securely attach them to something that cannot be moved
  • For automatic firearms, also remove the bolts or bolts carriers, if removable, and lock them in a separate room that is difficult to break into. 

Some rules may be different for firearms displayed away from home- for example, at a gun show. 

For more information, contact the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program (CFP). 

Replica Firearms

You should store and display replica firearms safely to prevent loss and theft. During transport, replica firearms must be locked in the trunk or a similar compartment. If not available in the vehicle, they must be out of sight inside the locked vehicle. 

Antique Firearms

Antique firearms must be unloaded for storage, display, and transportation. During transportation, antique handguns must be locked in a heavy duty container, that you cannot see through and that can easily be broken open during transport. 

If leaving the Antique firearm in an unattended vehicle, lock it in the trunk or a similar compartment. If not available in the vehicle, they must be out of sight inside the locked vehicle. 

Note: Not all old firearms are classified as antiques. The Firearms Act indicates that antique firearms include:

  • Firearms manufactured before  1898 that were not designed or re-designed to discharge rim-fire or centre-fire ammunition.
  • Firearms prescribed as antique firearms in the Criminal Code regulations. 

Information 

For more information, or to report a public safety concern, contact the CFP by one of the following methods: 

1) 1-800-731-4000 

2) www.rcmp.gc.ca/cfp

Things to remember: 

  1. Don’t forget to renew your firearms licence before it expires.
  2. Contact the Canadian Firearms Program if your address changes. 

This blog post is intended to provide general information about storing, transporting, and displaying of your restricted, prohibited, and non-restricted firearms. For legal references, please refer to the Storage, Display, Transportation and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations. Provincial, territorial, and municipal laws, regulations and policies may apply. 

For more information on this topic, head to the Canadian Firearms Program’s website and for an online look at this brochure, click here.

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